Friday, 25 November 2016

J Tomlinson starts work on Volvo’s new £4.3 million training hub

J Tomlinson starts work on new Volvo training hub
Work has got underway on site at a new £4.3 million training hub being built by J Tomlinson Ltd for Volvo Car UK.
The new Training and Development Centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire, will replace the existing training facility, which has been delivering technical, commercial and management training to Volvo dealer employees from across the UK since 1980.
Set to open in summer 2017, the new facility will feature remote video and web-based technologies, and will ensure the firm’s training experience matches the increasingly cutting-edge nature of its cars.
Nottingham-based construction company J Tomlinson has been appointed to build the 2,825 m² training hub.
Martin Gallagher, managing director (construction) for J Tomlinson, said: “Volvo is a name synonymous with quality and safety, and J Tomlinson is very proud to be constructing a new training and development centre for such a well-respected, globally known brand – helping the company to continue its position as an industry leader.
“This is the latest in a number of projects that we have been involved in for the sector. Last year, J Tomlinson completed work on a redevelopment of Coventry Transport Museum, while a £5.1 million project to build a new visitor centre and factory extension for Triumph Motorcycles in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is just about to finish.”
Working across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire, J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building solutions, including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management. 
David Baddeley, Volvo Car UK’s operations director, said: “This is a significant show of commitment from Volvo in its Daventry operations. Our new facility will provide the thousands of Volvo dealer employees across the country with the best possible environment to enhance their knowledge for years to come, and I am delighted that J Tomlinson has now begun work on the project.”
On completion, the site – which currently employs 32 people – will be purchased by Daventry District Council and leased back to Volvo Car UK.
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Press release issued by Nottingham based Perfect 10 PR 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Butt Foods’ office manager Kelly Beard an award finalist

Kelly Beard of Butt Foods
The office manager of specialist baker Butt Foods, Kelly Beard, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the manufacturing category of the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards 2016.
Kelly, who has been with Butt Foods since joining as an administrative assistant 15 years ago, will join other finalists at a glittering ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham on 23rd November.
"Our independent judging panel had a tremendous task of shortlisting the finalists, so truly well done,” said Richard Edwards, Nottingham Post events and exhibitions co-ordinator.
The whole team at Butt Foods is delighted to learn of Kelly’s success, said MD David Williams.
“Kelly works at the heart of the business, and is regarded as a lynchpin for the company. She’s risen to all the challenges that have come our way, supporting her colleagues as best she can through the more difficult times in the past, as well as during the good times, and we are very proud that she’s been named as a finalist in these awards,” he added.
Kelly said: “I was very surprised and humbled to have been shortlisted in the Women in Business Awards, but delighted to have been given the chance to highlight the opportunities available for women in the manufacturing sector which is still a male-dominated sector.
“I’m proud of our products, proud of our dedicated and talented workforce and proud to be shortlisted, and I see this nomination and shortlisting very much as an endorsement of the whole team at Butt Foods.”
The Nottingham-based company produces a range of flatbreads, naans, sub rolls and other bakery products for the UK’s food service sector, available through Central Foods. Earlier this year the company was shortlisted in the Nottingham Post Business Awards.
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Press release issued by Nottingham based PR company Perfect 10 PR

Friday, 18 November 2016

Bake Off star Val teams up with Croots Farm Shop to launch tasty range of bakes

Steve Croot and Val Stones
Great British Bake Off star Val Stones has teamed up with the bakers at her brother’s Derbyshire farm shop, Croots, to create a new range of bakes.
The selection, named Val at Croots……made with love, features Virtuous Cake (fat free and sugar free), a three-pack cherry shortbread, and two-pack cookies in three different flavours - ginger, M&M and orange & raisin.
They were launched at Croots Farm Shop, near Duffield, during the shop’s Taste of Christmas event, where Val gave a series of popular demonstrations. The farm shop on Wirksworth Road is run by Val’s brother Steve Croot and his wife Kay, and she has been a regular visitor over the years.
“Val has had a hand in our bakes, quite literally, for some time – helping us out with ideas and suggestions from family recipes and favourites, including our Croots Christmas cake,” said Steve. “More recently, she has been working with our chief baker Margaret and her team in our kitchens to get the recipes just right for the Val at Croots……made with love range. We’re very excited to be launching these new products.
“Val’s a great baker, and I’ve enjoyed eating her cakes for more than 50 years now. We were delighted when she said she’d be happy to help us create a new range of bakes and to also do some baking demonstrations at Croots for our annual Taste of Christmas event.” 
Retired head teacher Val, who lives in Somerset, became one of the public’s favourite contestants in the most recent Great British Bake Off series.
She said: “I love visiting my brother Steve and his family in Derbyshire, and I’ve enjoyed helping out with ideas and recipes for Croots Farm Shop for several years. I always bake with love and I hope that comes across in the Val at Croots range.” 
Croots, which is based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (Shires Eatery until 4.30pm) and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Croots runs Fresh Fish Thursdays between 9am and 1pm on Thursdays.
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Friday, 11 November 2016

J Tomlinson helps army reserve centre light up in red

J Tomlinson joins EMRFCA to light up Army reserve centre
An army reserve centre in Leicester is being illuminated in red to mark the centenary of World War One, thanks to help from contractor J Tomlinson. 
The centre on Ulverscroft Road is taking part in the Leicestershire commemorates initiative in which organisations are invited to light up their buildings in red. 
The red lighting is in place for the duration of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, which is running until Remembrance Sunday on 13 November.  
Steve Kirkland, Managing Director – Repairs and Maintenance and Facilities Management, at J Tomlinson, said: “Lighting up a building in red is an eye-catching and effective way to promote the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. 
“We are proud to have helped our client East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) to take part in this initiative by carrying out the necessary work to the lights so that Ulverscroft Road Army Reserve Centre is illuminated in red at night, in support of this commemoration.” 
J Tomlinson, which is based at Beeston near Nottingham, currently provides planned, preventative and reactive maintenance for sites managed by RFCA. 
Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at RFCA, said: “East Midlands RFCA manage the maintenance of Army Reserve Centres in the region, so we were delighted to be asked to take part in the ‘light up your building’ project this year. 
“LED flood lights with red filters have been installed across the length of the building adjacent to the road at Ulverscroft Road Army Reserve Centre. We wanted to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and show our support for the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Poppy Appeal, so believe lighting up the training facility is a great way of doing this.”   
The Light Up Your Building project is a local initiative organised by Leicestershire’s World War One Reference Group with the support of the Leicestershire and Rutland branch of the RBL. 
J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building solutions including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management, operating across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
Press release issued by Nottingham based Perfect 10 PR